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Common Questions from the Testing Trenches on the Future of QA

It seems that regardless of the day to day activities that we have as QA professionals, there is always time for real, frank questions about our roles and the impact we can have on, or that is had on us, by the latest technology trends. We will present a few of the most recent ones that have piqued our interest and, even more so, engendered good hearty QA debate.

The top FAQs are typically around the following areas:

  1. Will companies need testers?
  2. How does DevOps Affect the modern tester?
  3. What are the latest approaches to testing?
  4. Do testers need to know programming languages and which ones?
  5. What roles are there for non-technical testers?
  6. What is the ideal tester?
  7. Are there more modern ways to approach testing?
  8. What role do you see testing play in the applications (+/-devices) built on latest technologies – SMAC / IOT?
  9. If I wanted to move on from being a tester to some other role in my organization, what would be a good fit where I could make use of the skills I acquired as a tester?